“The overarching goal is to use technology, especially Twilio’s Voice technology, to provide a better learning environment for children”
Dr. Elliot Soloway
Co-Director, University of Michigan Digital Curricula
An accessible way for K-12 students to communicate
The University of Michigan’s Center for Digital Curricula developed the Collabrify Roadmaps Platform, an online learning environment as well as deeply-digital curricula that provides teachers with a standards-aligned, vetted, digital curricula that enables students to work individually or in small groups. The platform supports synchronous collaboration where teachers and students can work together in real-time without being in the same physical location.
Roadmaps, offered as free open education resources, are digital lessons that include web resources, games, and simulations. They even include resources for parents to help their children with their children’s homework. Hundreds of Roadmaps have been created for each core subject in K-5: science, math, English, and social studies.
So how do the online Roadmaps work in cooperation with Twilio Voice? Students use a computing device to log into their assigned Roadmap and can work together on the same learning activity—while each student is sitting at their kitchen table.
A blue phone icon appears at the top of the screen, each student clicks on the blue phone icon, and the students are instantly joined in a voice conversation. All calls are downloaded to the nearest data center with lightning speed to ensure smooth call quality. The platform, using Twilio Voice, eliminates the need for students to have a cell phone. Everything the students need to talk with each other and work together is available within the platform with the click of a button.
“It’s been night and day. We have videos of students exclaiming that they love the phone feature, and teachers have been able to see how communicating with their peers has really enhanced the learning in the classroom—especially when children are isolated at home,” Soloway said.